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it's. not. coming up on r t the un is putting security agencies in check its leading senior counterterrorism official has just launched an investigation into the questionable surveillance programs of the u.s. and the u.k. more on this story coming up and what does your facebook status tell the world about you new research shows how personality traits can be deciphered from something as simple as a facebook status update we'll have a full breakdown on this just ahead and detecting the undetectable lawmakers just extended a nationwide ban on plastic guns so what does all of this mean for the regulation of three d. printers more on that later on the show. it's
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tuesday december third four pm in washington d.c. i'm a mirror david and you're watching r t. the you united nations senior county counterterrorism official is now launching an investigation into the surveillance activities of both u.s. and u.k. intelligence agencies un special rubber tor ben emmerson announced that he would initiate an investigation in an op ed he wrote that was published by the guardian in the article emerson says there are five areas of contention that are worth of evaluating including whether snowden deserves whistleblower status whether his leaks damaged u.s. or u.k. national security whether his leaks signify the need for surveillance overhaul whether british parliament was misled about the intrusiveness of surveillance and whether british parliament's current intelligence oversight system is thorough enough over the course of the next year emerson is expected to lead a comprehensive investigation after which he will deliver a series of recommendations to the u.n.
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general assembly next fall and in that same op ed emerson also took the opportunity to call out the prominent political voices who have suggested that the guardian face a criminal investigation for its publishing multiple multiple edward snowden leaks he said quote these issues are at the apex of public interest concerns the astonishing suggestion that this sort of journalism can be equated with aiding and abetting terrorism needs to be scotched decisively it's the role of a free press to hold governments to account the guardian's editor alan rusbridger defended the publication in a parliamentarian hearing today in which members of parliament attempted to blame the guardian for national security breach artie's sarah firth has more. well what the hearing it was it was lively at times it got quite heavy handed i think it's fair to say the editor of the guardian newspaper managing to answer all those
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questions but some of the questions i think will of raised some eyebrows certainly we heard at one point and then p. i asked alan rusbridger do you love your country now that wasn't the only question that is going to be raising eyebrows we also heard one m.p. seemingly compare some of the guardian disclosures of the edward snowden files to the leaking of secrets to the nazis let's take a listen to that. if you. want to would you put it down to the british to the dogs now the question session all the more interesting if you compare it to what sixth place at the beginning of last month and there we saw the heads of the u.k. intelligence agencies and my five m i six g c h q and they've come before another parliamentary committee and they're questioning much calmer much more coordinated and so i think this is something that the editor of the guardian also made note of in his questioning today because the did was do with by the seat with the former.
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can we assume you're having discussions with your american colleagues the hundreds of thousands of people who appeared in your. phone all three of us revealed in those discussions drew thank you very much. mark coming towards the end of that session we heard alan rusbridger asked if the guardian would continue to publish revelations and he said that they wouldn't be intimidated but they wouldn't behave recklessly and that was quite important i think in today's session he really made note of the level of scrutiny that the journalists involved in publishing these stories undertook and saying that they have behaved responsibly and has sparked this debate now about the scope of the surveillance that intelligence agencies in this country have undertaken say certainly i think this debate not going away any time soon. that was artie's sara firth. for most people facebook is
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a place where they can share photos or catch up with long lost friends however the social media site may have a darker side and a new study called the dark side of facebook swedish researchers found that status updates can indicate certain personality traits including psychopathy narcissism and machiavellianism to conduct the study did new low garcia and sverker six drum reviewed the status updates of over three hundred americans in combination with personality tests participants were asked to answer a personality survey then submit a number of facebook status updates which were analyzed with an algorithm that measured the significance of the words in their abstract researchers noted that the status updates of the people whose traits were identified as psychopathic or narcissistic had more odd or negative status updates with them often making reference to pornography pornography prostitution butchers and decapitation i was joined earlier by sverker six drumm
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a professor in cognitive psychology at lund university in sweden who is one of the researchers of the study you first filled us in on the meaning of the word psychopathy so copiously this is over empathy. through shaking they are we don't feel so lucky. dog seeking excitement and they don't kick so much about the people's emotions. now as i understand it the study took a look at both the personalities survey and the kinds of words used in facebook status message updates can you explain what exactly you were looking for in both the survey and those status updates to determine if the person has psychopathic tendencies. yeah so look the people system does updates on face book they don't they did in order to participate i had to do at least fifteen updates and then they also did a number of personality trait. tests five. and those were
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good like the dogs tried psychotic systems never to spend narcissism and also to look at that extra large. and or to some and then we were interesting whether we can look at the status up and to determine whether. what type of personality to happen so you see a statistical method of looking at the meaning of if status updates to predict the personality traits and what we found was that the process of shapes that was best predictors so it's psycho to some very interesting or can you define the the quote whole dark tree ad you studied and found manifested in facebook status updates yeah. these are three traits that's often go together and therefore that we talk about the messages the dog triad like three traits and that's
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psychotic. as i defined earlier and also have in our system my system it's like self your finding that i'm the bad guy mcguire basically and machiavellian smith is it like to call them in a police do trades trying to control other people and one of the me you mentioned i'm narcissism i'm interested to know how you know what kinds of things that you look at in order to determine that. so we didn't this is like a computer that complication all methods and so we look at statistical relationship between what the meaning of words and these personality traits. so. if you didn't make any judgment ourself it was this our team that met produce this is salts and what we found is that at some some. some aspect but some more
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important than i with things like if you have a high on it's i could do some then it's down to how are all the status updates like strange like weird world second year kind of and also tends to be rather like a negative like use and swear words but that's not the what's going on kind of statement. ok and how about for example machiavellian can you talk a little bit about how that one was examined particularly. yeah so that would be much like taking control of the people like. we don't really have to have to sixpence a board meeting so i can read like take these decisions myself it's kind of like you want to take control over that with people. like you gain power and we don't i'm not so emotional about how do you think if you don't very interesting now considering the participants of the study actually knew that they were being evaluated how were you able to make sure that their responses were natural and not
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tainted in any way. well in the face substates or like from their previous facebook history so they asked to paste in like a basket in updates of someone so that they couldn't remember late at all and before that they made this personality chats. so they wasn't like you were about exactly how the relationship between these two they tell were. and some people looking at the results of the study are going to say that the researchers looked a little too deeply into the status update that you can't diagnose a person based on their digital profile what do you make of that argument. why i think that space likely would be interesting finding in the states i bet you we actually can do that so it's it's statistically significant results and.
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we basically looked at some like trainer model and some of the data and. checked with some other data and we found that we actually could do this. and further what's the potential for this research going forward what kind of implications could this have. so this research seems to indicate that we can predict at least some of the traits of the dark traits of personality and facebook updates so potentially we could develop like you're warning signs so old disguise we're going to look into it could possibly have some tendencies to be psychotics or you could also look at it like this particular state even if the person isn't accepted as a door does statement that all writing like that could be interpreted in that way. so this could be like helping us to easily get to know other people on the net and then also. trying to make you self communicates who we really are bright by.
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giving feedback to yourself what you're actually i'm sure a lot of people didn't know that there could be some kind of psychology basis and their facebook status message updates but tell me why did your team choose facebook specifically rather than for example another social networking site like twitter. if there wasn't any right to it would be a clear are going around you wanted to have the good dates and it's also very convenient for us. and them and there are functions where you can like to take all the all the status updates so it's. it will simply mainly communion sample we would be very interested to do it isn't to address wallop. that was. a professor and cognitive psychology at lund university in sweden. and lawmakers in the house
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of representatives voted to extend a plastic gun ban today as they ran up against a deadline for its expiration the undetectible firearms act which was first and acted in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight and reauthorized in two thousand and three makes it illegal to quote manufacture import sell ship deliver possess transfer or receive any firearm that's undetectible by metal detectors and x. ray machines however this time around a new provision was up for discussion democratic sen char's charles schumer has been voicing his concern over three d. printing technology which has advanced to the point that anyone with one thousand dollars and an internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun those firearms can't be detected by metal detectors or x. ray machines white senate democrats were looking to amend the law before its passage to mandate that metal must be a permanent component of the gun thereby closing
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a loophole that would allow removable metal parts on the other hand republicans sought to pass the bill in its current form and that is exactly what happened this afternoon in the house the senate will take up the matter when it returns on december ninth the same day the law will sunset now the national rifle association hasn't publicly taken a stance on the legislation however gun owners of america a smaller gun rights group called the gun ban extension unnecessary because three d. printing technology is not yet available and using a three d. printer to replicate plastic guns may not be the only battle at hand this is a practice that can also be used to print metal guns artie's marine up port ny i got an inside look at a shooting range in austin texas where gun enthusiasts have access to the world's first three d. printed metal gun. red's shooting range in austin texas is normally packed with gun enthuses. today the difference is that these men are
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firing rounds with a do it yourself firearm the world's first three d. printed metal gun we wanted to showcase the abilities of what direct metal can do eric much later is a project ford major at solid concepts a company specializing in three d. printing here in prince arena archie was granted an exclusive tour of their austin facility which boasts ten three d. industrial printers and a glimpse of our technological future these are all the three d. printed parts that went into making this bar after getting a federal firearms license the company used a process called direct metal laser centering to produce this browning nine hundred eleven pistol the three d. printed metal gone has fired over one thousand rounds in the meantime solid concepts has manufactured its second nineteen eleven firearm solid concepts insists
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the stainless steel firearm they've introduced to the world can't be replicated by hobbyists these machines start at six hundred thousand and go up to a million dollars they need to be in industrial environments they require more electricity than is available in residential areas and it will be years before metal printers become available on the consumer market not exactly the world's first mini metal maker has already been created and with laser centering patterns set to expire in february it's predicted that metal desktop printers will hit the consumer market before even as the world has learned the convenience of technology has a downside we all loved the internet cell phones e-mail and social media before finding out that our beloved data is being monitored and stored by the n.s.a. . the astonishing capabilities of three d. metal printers is now. longer a secret. so when they become a part of our household alongside the microwave and flat screen t.v.
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. what people choose to physically create in the privacy of their. beyond the control rights. were in a fortnight texas every day the opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms or g.m.o. as gains more and more traction as advocates call for their respective state or country to implement food labeling laws and ban g.m.o. crops and that mounting pressure seems to be working just last july monsanto the leading g.m.o. manufacturer withdrew its applications to sell genetically modified seeds in the european union however while g.m.o. is have begun to lose their luster other chemical companies are using monsanto's bad press as an opportunity to open up the market to another questionable technique it's called mutagenesis and it's nothing new in fact it's been around for decades but even though it's been an agricultural mainstay it's
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a process that has by and large remained unregulated so what do we know about mutagenesis and is it the next agribusiness to be tamed to talk about that and more i'm joined by peggy limo a faculty member at the department of plant and microbial biology at the university of california berkeley peggy thanks for joining me thank you so first of all mutagenesis is a complex process to understand can you talk a little bit about how it works and how it's different from the way g m o's are modified. so mutagenesis is a natural process all of our cells in the cells and food plants. contain genetic information that genetic information is made up of chemical units and if you change one of those chemical units and our cells are in the cells of a weak plant there are millions of those so if you change one of those chemical
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units like you would change an alphabetic letter let's say you would change from. get to got that would be a mutation and that that's what we're talking about in plants where you change maybe a single letter or a single chemical unit or maybe you might change a few of them genetic engineering is different in the sense that basically what you're doing is taking maybe an entire paragraph instead of a single letter and you're cutting that out as you would with a word processing system for example you would cut it out and then you would paste it into a new location in the same plant or in a different plan right and as i understand this process has been used since the latter half of the twentieth century really can you talk about what kinds of crops readers have been developing using this very technique. well when you say for
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decades it's actually been since the beginning of time because mutation can happen naturally and for example i just have some plants here this is so millet which we're not that familiar with but these are just different varieties of millet some of them can be really tiny and red to some of them can be longer and yellow and some of them can have shares on them and these are all a result of natural mutation so it's just a change in one of those letters that causes that plant to become shorter causes to be greg or cause to be here or so this is something that's been going on since the very beginning of time and humans have been involved in going out and looking for those plants that benefit them and then they select those out so mutation isn't something new it's something that's been happening since the beginning of time right and you know there have been a lot of studies about the effects of g.m.o. is on human health what do we know at this point about the impact mutagenesis can
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have it seems like we have lost peggy it seems like we may have actually sorry peggy are you still there i am. so i was actually asking you about do we know what kind of impact mutagenesis can have on human health we hear a lot about the impact g m o's can have do we know anything about what impact to genesis can have. well again we've been utilizing mutagenesis as human beings from the beginning of time if you're going to introduce a mutation then each one of those would probably be studied separately so a breeder might go out and notice that he had a shorter plant and he was looking for a shorter plant and so that could arise from a say a single change in a genome and you know we could study that and find out what it's going to do but it
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would be different in each case some mutations will not cause any problem they will not make any difference in the plan and some might have a very pronounced difference ok and besides looking at how mutagenesis could affect people what can you do to other plants how could it affect the future of farming. well certainly you could introduce mutations as has happened in the past where a particular plant like the green revolution where they found that occurred in the stature of wheat and it became shorter and that increased production by hundred fold perhaps and so when you say what effect could it have on other plants . not really because those mutations don't transfer from one plant one type of plant to another but within that plant within the. community for example
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a single mutation could have a very beneficial effect it could have a negative effect and as we know g.m.o. those are now facing a lot of scrutiny around the world and that means more of the market will be opened up to chemical companies like b.s.f. and dupont who manufacture seeds using mutagenesis these seeds also happen to be cheaper to produce how do you see these mutagenesis seeds really sort of fitting into the market at. it's all going to depend on the value if they put a mutation in that is valued by the grower valued by the consumer let's say it has increased. mineral content or increased lower fat content something like that. the market is going to determine what the value of those mutated crop plants are and not only are they cheaper but they are by and large unregulated at this point of course the chemical companies say there's no need for regulation because there
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haven't been any major safety issues so far do you agree with that what do you make of that argument. you know it like i said mutations happen all the time so even if a company is introducing a mutation there probably are already mutations in there so i don't exactly know how you would regulate it because it's going to be very difficult to figure out if something is butane it like the difference between a g.m.o. where you have a very large well let's say a very large you would have a sentence worth differences in this case you might have a single letter so even finding that and determining what impact that has is not so easy to do so i think it would be extremely difficult to regulate and not only that that process has not been regulated in the past and we've been eating things for millennia that have been mutated why appreciate that that full breakdown on mutagenesis something we all want to learn more about pegging the mole faculty
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member in the department of plant and microbial biology at u.c. berkeley thank you thank you very much have you ever tried to type or swipe a word on the latest version of android google keyboard only to find that the computer won't quite auto correct what you're trying to say and to the right word well apparently it's not just you experiencing that it's the result of a long list of words google has decided it just won't type for you r t's make a lopez has a story. in the never ending pursuit to text as fast as we talk software developers have come up with a number of ways over the years to spare our sons from typing out every letter of every word of software like predicted tact swipe and auto correct help users in that realm and most of the time those systems help us work more efficiently or the latest version of android google keyboard left out a number of common words from its vocabulary google's dictionary contains some one
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hundred sixty five thousand words but according to wired reporter john christian the tech company purposely left out another four hundred words that it seems inappropriate so what are these taboo words well most of them revolve around intercourse web show of course is one of the words that google won't type out for you but panty brawl is tampax s.t.i. and condom are some of the other words that google mixed now love allowed and making is allowed just don't put them together that word is and there are some drug references like morphine and m.r. all are excluded but marijuana and bong are in a few islamic words are prohibited like sunni and if tar but those are just about the only religious words left out of google's dictionary klansmen and supremacy are out of bounds not the however is not who loaned autocomplete competitor names like garmin and a m d but apple and i phones are recognized even some of google's own
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words were left out of the dictionary chromebook zagat and ad bob will be marked as misspelled when you text on the new android system and then there's trendy words words that are frequently face heard on urban dictionary dot com also all seven of george carlin's dirty words are out along with ordinary words like geek and else that's now if you want you could turn the. filter off of google's keyboard settings so you can text time you talk you can also add words to your phone's personal dictionary that you can curse your little heart out but perhaps the overarching question here is why google felt it was so important to omit these words is it an example of the company's political stances isn't censorship or is it simply google's way to attempt to force people to talk going to more civilized manner to one another using the warrants perhaps all good questions to which google responds
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with perhaps the two words the company knows best no comment in washington meghan lopez r.t. . and that does it for now i'm a mirror david stay tuned boom bust is next. and a sight. i'm sick of corporations trying to. do and they. are all about money and i've actually like for politicians the laws are. just too.
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